23/03/20: Unit 6

The way our brain works

(Taken and adapted from Ted-Ed)

The human brain is visibly split into a left and right side. This structure has inspired one of the most pervasive ideas about the brain: that the left side controls logic and the right side controls creativity. And yet, this is a myth, unsupported by scientific evidence. So how did this idea come about, and what does it get wrong?

“The intellectual roots of critical thinking are as ancient as its etymology, traceable, ultimately, to the teaching practice and vision of Socrates 2,500 years ago who discovered by a method of probing questioning that people could not rationally justify their confident claims to knowledge. Confused meanings, inadequate evidence, or self-contradictory beliefs often lurked beneath smooth but largely empty rhetoric.”

Every day, we meet people and process our interactions–making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us. The key is to rethink thinking.

What do you think?

  1. 1 Why do you think this unit is called “A New Generation of Thinking”? How does it differ from the old way of thinking?
  2. Does your country or society encourage this new way of thinking? Does your education system benefit people with different types of intelligences? Why, or why not?
  3. How can you develop the intelligences that you are weak at? Suggest some activities.

 

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  1. Mario Santillana Valdivia escribió:

    1. Why do you think this unit is called “A New Generation of Thinking”? How does it differ from the old way of thinking?

    Because, Nowadays are appearing new theories about how the brain-functioning could be understood in different ways and how these affect the performance of people to do some tasks. In the past was believed that brain only worked for doing logic tasks, but now it is thought that the brain works also to do artistic, linguistic, corporal tasks, and many others.

    2. Does your country or society encourage this new way of thinking? Does your education system benefit people with different types of intelligences? Why, or why not?

    Yes, It does in some way. For example in companies is appreciated interpersonal intelligence and not only academic knowledge in moments in which new personal is contracted.

    3. How can you develop the intelligences that you are weak at? Suggest some activities.

    You can develop other intelligences exploring doing activities not common in your diary routine. For example if you are a lawyer you can try making mathematics exercises or practicing some art (music, painting, actuation, etc). Other example is if you are a artist you can try begin a course of study probabilistic statistics or to make a summary about a book of your interest.

  2. Miguel Situ escribió:

    1) Why do you think this unit is called “A New Generation of Thinking”? How does it differ from the old way of thinking?
    I think this unit refers to novelties and new ways of understanding how the brain works and how these data could apply in education system. Recent research, like Howard Gardner’s “Multiple Intelligence”, shows us that an individual may have different types of intelligences and learning styles.
    In this way, now we’ve learnt that people might possess many types of intelligences like verbal, logical, visual etc. That differs the traditional knowledge about the brain is divided into two hemispheres: the logic left side and the creative right side.
    That distinction between hemispheres alludes to a specific period in mankind knowledge. At middle-age and Renaissance-age, the anatomy discipline was in forefront and the tendency was a partitioned thinking.
    Twenty-five centuries ago, the ancient Greeks had holistic criterion, but intuitive. In modern times, with science’s development, again mankind conceives holistic hypothesis and recently neuroscience broke barriers to know brain’s functions.
    2) Does your country or society encourage this new way of thinking? Does your education system benefit people with different types of intelligences? Why, or why not?
    We all know that Peru’s education system is deficient. First of all, education in Peru is not available to everyone, we need to improve this situation. Logically, in that process we should add up many elements to encourage this new way of thinking.
    In our country, we have many gifted people and examples of different types of intelligence. The educational authorities in conjunction with the teachers could work up to stimulate younger students.
    3) How can you develop the intelligences that you are weak at? Suggest some activities.
    I am not so good in Bodily/Kinaesthetic intelligence. I am amazed the ability of my wife in performing different postures in yoga which requires balance and self-control of the whole body. I try my best to do some activities to develop bodily intelligence.

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